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  1. Wood Finishing
    Got this kid's stool, the My Little Stool, at an antique store some years ago. I've pulled it apart [screwed together mostly] and I'm starting to try to update the finish of it. The piece with the lettering is the back of the seat, which becomes a step when the arms are rotated down. There were...
  2. New Member Introductions
    Hello All, My name is Branko, I am an antique restorer in NY, I mostly deal with wooden antiques and have a wealth of knowledge on the subject ( so I am told). I have decided to make videos sharing my knowledge on youtube and I was hoping you will enjoy it.. Here is my latest video on Shellac /...
  3. Wood Finishing
    Hello, I live in Thailand, and the only Shellac available is cut with methanol, which due to its toxicity, I opted to cut my own blend. I did 250g to 1 liter, which roughly equates to a 2# cut of shellac. This is my first time trying to do a seal coat. The project is a pine table that I've...
  4. Wood Finishing
    I am trying to shellac a walnut river table and am having some issues. I have used shellac in the past with no problems and cannot figure out what I am doing wrong. I am using the canned zinser brand from hd. I have sanded the piece to 220, then wet sand with danish oil and let it dry several...
  5. Wood Finishing
    Hi, I am new to the forum so hello! I am attempting to finish a black walnut live edge slap for a coffee table. After reading Bob Flexner's Understanding Wood Finishing and reading online forums on walnut finishing, I came to the conclusion that amber or garnet shellac looks great on walnut...
  6. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hi All - Hoping someone can guide me here. I have been reading forums for the past few days and am beyond confused on what kind of finish to use on my my wood project - I think it's Cedar, but it's not the Eastern Red Cedar, Picture below. I'm making a table/bar and I never realized how many...
  7. Wood Finishing
    All, I've researched this a bit and have found some conflicting answers, and I would like some experienced opinion on the subject, if you all wouldn't mind chipping in your two cents. I made a chest for my partner's sister and husband as a wedding gift out of cherry - just a simple exposed...
  8. Wood Finishing
    I am planning a bed/dresser combination w/ a bunch of birch plywood drawer boxes w/ 1" side lips and carved out front-scoops. I really want to use shellac, a finish I've never worked with before (I can hear the sighs from here!). I want shellac because its non-toxic, I can work with it inside w/...
  9. Wood Finishing
    I plan on spraying a dresser I made for my daughter using Transtint Dye and Denatured alcohol mixed together in a HVLP gun. I used Poplar for the dresser. I brushed two coats of clear Bullseye shellac; sanding between coats. I know someone out there has done something similar for a finish...
  10. Wood Finishing
    Hi, I am finishng a wood project and want to get a high-gloss, piano-type finish. I am using Zinsser Bulls Eye SealCoat de-waxed (which I believe is a #2 shellac). I have three coats on at the moment and want to build up a few more so I can rub out the finish without getting down to the wood...
  11. Wood Finishing
    Hello all. First of all I've enjoyed reading some of the excellent threads on the forum, thanks to everyone who puts their time into making this a fun place. I finally got around to extending my workbench this last week but haven't decided how to finish it. The original part is on the left...
  12. Wood Finishing
    I've worked mostly with pine or oak in the past and a tiny bit of maple. Poplar is a whole new look and technique from what I've been reading. I've got a bookcase from (we think) 1940-50 It appears to be predominantly heartwood and the grain is almost black, rather than the lighter browns and...
  13. Wood Finishing
    I've been having a lot of trouble with finishing, so any suggestions are welcome. The project is a pair of speakers covered with walnut burl veneer. Basically MDF boxes, no curves. I really want a totally smooth piano finish that highlights the grain. Minwax brushed satin lacquer appeared...
  14. Wood Finishing
    Hey! Since this forum was very helpful when I asked about finishing a rosewood guitar neck, I will now try my luck once more. I want to stain a guitar body (made from red alder) to look like this: I've been reading a lot on different pages, but I'm still a bit confused. Right now my...
  15. Wood Finishing
    Hello everybody! I'm new here and I need some help with finishing :) I will hopefully soon have to finish an all rosewood guitar neck and since I haven't done anything like that before (I don't have any experience in finishing - or building guitars for that matter :P ) I am a bit confused. My...
  16. Wood Finishing
    Hello I am re-finishing the interior of a 17 year old boat, all brazilian mahogany, below is my interior varnish system, any critiques, comments, ideas are deeply appreciated (no ego here, I want to learn). My limitations are the obvious ones, large spaces, drying time, cost, humidity…etc. I...
  17. Wood Finishing
    Hi! My husband and I are adding on some shelves to an existing entertainment center made out of red oak (both veneers & solid oak). It has a polyurethane finish, and the basic stain is a reddish oak/light mahogany color, with a dark, almost ebony color down deep in the grain. So I am trying to...
  18. Wood Finishing
    Hello fellow woodworkers: I have become a real fan of shellac for top coating, seal coating, wash coating, etc. I have done a lot of research on shellac and its pros and cons and would love to share shellac info with all of you. I have also used shellac as my preferred coating for years now...
  19. Wood Finishing
    Ok, here's my situation.... I have a ton (!) of awesome wood detail in my home, including molding, pocket doors and mantels. If I was going to live here forever, I'd take my time to restore it the proper way (don't even know what that it is). However, I'm putting the house on the market by...
  20. Wood Finishing
    Hi all, Two years ago I added a second floor to our home. The contractor finished the stairs, but my handrails, posts, and balusters were left for me to finish. Now two years later, it's time for me to get this job completed! I plan to paint the balusters white, while finishing the handrails...
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